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About The Library

Chinatown is a destination known all over Singapore. It’s a magnet for foodies and cocktail enthusiasts alike. As one of the highlights of the area and with a historic location on Keong Saik Road, The Library is a cocktail bar that cannot be missed. Modelled after a British speakeasy, this quirky spot is not signed and no entrance is marked. Instead, guests must find The Library off their own accord. There is an ambience like nowhere else in Singapore. In here, evocative drinks meet locally-inspired comfort food, and it’s all served late into the night. Close to Outram Park MRT, The Library is a place you’ll only want to share with a select few people.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
6:00 pm - 12:30 am


The Library
47-49 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089151

Menu Highlights



S&P Fish Skins


Crab and Corn Money Bags


Char Siew Spring Rolls


Chicken Taco


Beef Cheek Bao


Kimchi Hot Dog


Kaya Toast Ice Cream


More about The Library, Singapore

The big hitters of culinary Singapore match great food and drink with style and a lot of character. And believe us, The Library is a big hitter. It’s been making waves as one of the finest cocktail bars down the packed dining and entertainment strip of Keong Saik Road in Chinatown, yet don’t expect this cool hangout to be shouting from any rooftops. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Library takes in all the traditions of a British-style speakeasy, meaning it’s low-key, intimate and damn difficult to find. The facade is regularly taken over with installations that change every month and guests need to give the correct password to enter. Once inside, however, you’ll find a place made for staying late with curious cocktails and comforting local food.

The drinks menu at this Chinatown hotspot is done by category: strong & dangerous, sexy & tropical, crazy & sophisticated. Each drink displays craftsmanship whilst taking inspiration from the secret past of Keong Saik Road, once a notorious red light district of old Singapore. And it’s the same story with the food. Supper at The Library is made up of locally-inspired comfort food in the way of beef cheek bao, char siew spring rolls and kimchi hot dogs. It’s quick, it’s easy, yet it’s elegant. The Library is a gem of Singapore – reserve a table now.

15 The Library Reviews

Very Good
15 Reviews
Value for money:Reasonable value
Waiting time:Very good
Noise levels:Pleasant
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Melvin L.2 years ago · 5 reviews

Great ambience, great food, and excellent service! The scotch eggs are a must try, as is the burger and the donut (according to the waiter it'll make you very happy, and it did make my date and me very happy indeed). Would come back again!!

alex l.2 years ago · 3 reviews

French toast was prepared and served in an interesting way and it was delicious. Service was excellent too. However, Entertainer app could not be used on a Saturday Lunch.

shi wei t.2 years ago · 2 reviews

very delicious food and the waiter serving us is very professional; semi fine dining style and they changed all our table setting after we finished the appetizer course! unexpected great service in such a cosy reastaurant!

Aileen P.2 years ago · 3 reviews

food portion is small. but overall quite tasty. not as cheap as I though would be. but still ok value. best is the dessert--the caramel cream donut.

Jen L.2 years ago · 9 reviews

I made reservation at the study but was told the place was full and we can dine with the same menu at he library which is right next door. Having never been to both places , I didn't see any issue with it. When we arrived at the library , i was taken in by their unique decor. Something I never never been or seen in Singapore ....... However as we waited for the food , more and more people came in and it got crazy loud. I could barely talk to my friends without shouting. We wanted to just get our food and get the hell out of there. The service and food were good ( except for the scallop ) but next time I make a reservation , I am going it's actual at the study.

Tia C.2 years ago · 1 review

Great atmosphere. Food is good. Had the fish and chips. Mussels and scallops as starter. Recommended. Made reservations however all the tables are full and we were placed by the bar/open kitchen where the chefs are cooking. Can get rather warm.

Maggie C.2 years ago · 2 reviews

It was fine, food was enjoyable. We were more interested in the bar next door - and it was nice of the Study staff to provide us with instructions to borrow the washroom at the Library.

Jiamin F.2 years ago · 7 reviews

Overpriced. Ordered the lobster dish which cost 50bucks..but the portion was so miserable that i wouldnt purchase it again. Burger though tasted nice wasnt worth 30bucks. After the meal dint feel full at all. Worse of all, when we used the entertainer 1 for 1 app the staff insisted on charging us for the lobster and giving the burger free even though we ordered 2 sets of lobsters.

Wan Ting L.2 years ago · 3 reviews

Restaurant ambience was good and service was great! Food wise it tasted ok - wished that it had more selection thou. Overall experience was a good one.

Jennifer H.2 years ago · 1 review

Nice food. Good service. Odd that bathrooms were next door. Value is .....? Hmmm. Nice China town location. If you need to book, you can try here.